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12 Years Later: Hate Crimes Against Muslims in NYC

As we are taught from elementary school, “America is a melting pot.” And in a pot packed with just about every ethnicity, religion, and home-country one could imagine, Muslims were never particularly conspicuous or threatening — until 9/11. With Americans in a state of shock and terror, emotions sometimes eclipsed logic and tragically led to brutal hate crimes against the perceived “perpetrators” of that terrible event. 12 years later, the dust and debris have long since settled. Has the violence?

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Do Murder Suspects Qualify for Bail?

Bail is not a one-size-fits-all arrangement.  Depending on factors like the seriousness of the allegations and the suspect’s prior history of offenses, bail amounts can range from being low and affordable to being so expensive they effectively prohibit release from custody.  But how is bail determined for the  most serious felony offenses, like murder?  Are murder suspects considered eligible to be released on bail?  Homicide attorney Seth Koslow explains some of the basic rules and limitations on how and when bail may be set.

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Knife Possession Ban Continues as New York Vetoes Weapons Bill

Any New Yorker can tell you that New York City has strict weapons laws.  It’s common knowledge that most guns are banned, and what permits exist are hard to obtain; but what fewer people realize – sometimes with disastrous consequences – is that possession of simple household knives can also lead to criminal charges.  With a recent veto of new legislation that would have reformed existing prohibitions, New York City’s tough knife laws will remain unchanged.  If you or a loved one has been charged with knife possession, you need to make sure you are represented by a New York weapons possession lawyer.  With the veto in place, penalties for knife possession remain harsh.

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What Happens if You Don’t Show Up for Court After Being Bailed out of Jail?

When a person is charged with committing a crime, he or she may be taken into custody and detained at a county jail or other holding center.  Generally, the detainee can secure freedom by making a payment called bail.  Depending on the circumstances, bail may be paid with cash or by using a bond.  In some cases, bail is completely free of charge, which is called “release on recognizance” or ROR.  Whatever the situation may be, one factor is consistent: the defendant is expected to return to court after being released.  Failure to do so can result in very serious consequences – including a new set of criminal charges.  New York assault lawyer Seth Koslow explains the penalties for failure to appear in court after being bailed out of jail.

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Is it Illegal to Use Someone Else’s Prescription Drugs?

In previous decades, drug charges often arose from illegal street drugs like heroin, crack cocaine, and, prior to New York’s decriminalization law for small amounts, marijuana.  Today, the abuse of prescription medications, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, has become the more prevalent issue, with an increasing number of overdose deaths each year.  Despite their legality, prescription medications can lead to very serious criminal charges under certain circumstances.  New York prescription drug possession lawyer Seth Koslow explains some of the laws — and penalties — surrounding prescription drug possession and distribution in New York City.
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What is the Fine for a Felony in New York?

Incarceration is often the first penalty defendants worry about after being charged with a crime.  However, going to jail or prison isn’t the only consequence of a criminal conviction.  If you are found guilty of a felony offense in New York, you can also be heavily fined, potentially thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.  New York drug possession lawyer Seth Koslow explains how criminal fines work under New York’s criminal code, which is called the NY Penal Law.

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Is Concealed Carry Legal in New York City?

Every state takes a different approach to the enforcement of laws regulating the purchase and possession of firearms.  Some states are known for lenient gun laws, but New York has adopted a tough stance on weapons, heavily restricting the use and ownership of firearms within city limits.  New York weapons possession attorney Seth Koslow reviews New York City’s concealed carry laws, and goes over some of the penalties that can result from a violation.

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What Class Misdemeanor is a DWI in New York?

Like many other states, New York categorizes each criminal offense as either a misdemeanor or a felony.  Though felonies are more serious, misdemeanors are also capable of leading to costly fines, incarceration, and other penalties, while simultaneously giving the convicted defendant a criminal record.  New York DWI defense lawyer Seth Koslow explains how misdemeanor drunk driving offenses are classified, some of the factors that make DWI a felony offense under New York’s laws, and the potential consequences of a conviction.

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What is the Statute of Limitations on Drug Charges in New York?

In criminal law, the statute of limitations is the amount of time a prosecutor has to file criminal charges against a suspect.  If the statute of limitations runs out, the prosecutor can no longer file charges for that particular alleged offense.  However, the statutes of limitation for drug crimes vary widely in New York.  For certain offenses involving controlled substances, there is no statute of limitations at all.  New York drug crime attorney Seth Koslow explains the time limits on prosecution for crimes involving the sale, possession, and trafficking of narcotics.

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